Tonight, the Tone Scientists and Radio Wave Commanders of the Kitchen Sink will play, for your listening pleasure and education, two documentaries by producers extrordinaire and friends of WWOZ, The Y and the Z of documentary radio, Barry Yeoman and Richard Ziglar.
First, at 10 PM, Zydeco Nation. Take it away, Barry:
The French Creoles of South Louisiana are a rural people whose roots contain a blend of African, French, and other ancestries. During the era of legalized segregation, they developed close-knit communities and a vibrant musical culture. Then, starting in World War II, many Creoles started looking west in search of greater opportunity and freedom, and began a migration to Northern California. They brought with them the dance music that held them together as a community: zydeco. Zydeco Nation is a one-hour music-rich documentary that tells the story of that migration and looks at the zydeco culture that now thrives in the Bay Area.
And at 11 PM or so: Crescent City Blues. Again, take it away, Barry!